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my old townsman Job Watson. Just after I had seen him expire, about ten o'clock in the evening, when all around was like the stillness in a dead world, I was Jeaning over the taffril and looking upon the ocean's face, that from its placidity and attraction to the eye was, to me and mine, like an angel of destruction clothed in beauty, when on a sudden I became free from anxiety, obdurate, reckless of every thing. I imagined I had taken leave of hope for ever, and an apathy came upon me little removed from despair. I was ready for my destiny, come when it might. I got rid of a load of anxiety that I could not have carried much longer, so that even when the rising moou showed me the body of the mate, which we had thrown into the water, floating on its back, half disenveloped from its hammockwhen I saw its livid and ghastly features covered only by an inch of transparent sea, and a huge shark preparing his hungry jaws to prey upon it,- I drew not back, but kept my eye coldly upon it, as if it had been the most indifferent object upon earth; for I was as insepsible to emotion as a statue would have been. This insensibility enabled me to undertake any office for the sick, and to drag the bodies of the dead to the ship's side and fing them overboard ; for at last no one else was left to do it. All, save myself, were attacked with the disorder, and one hy one died before the ninth day was completed, save James Robson, the least athletic man I had, and who, judging from constitution, was but little likely to have survived. The disorder left him weak as a child ; I gave him the most nourishing things I could find ; I carried him, a mere skeleton, into my cabin, and placed him on a fresh bed, flinging bis own and all the other's overboard. I valued him as the only living thing with me in the vessel, though, had he died, I should at the time bave felt little additional pain. I regarded him as one brute animal would have looked at another in such a situation.
How the ship was to be navigated by one man, and what means I possessed of keeping her afloat in case of blowing weather should come on, gave me no apprehension; I was too much proof against the fear of the future, or any danger that it might bring. Robson could give me no assistance ; I had therefore to rely on my own exertion for everything. If the vessel ever moved again, I must hand and steerthough, from the continuation of the calm, it did not seem likely I should be soon called upon to do either. I kept watch at night upon deck ; and could not sleep, either by day or night, only by short snatches, extended at full length near the helm. On the tenth night, while the sea was yet in the repose of the grave around me, I fell into a doze, and was assailed with horrible dreams that precluded my receiving refreshment from rest. I aroused myself, and the silence oa every side seemed more terrible than ever. Clouds were rising over the distant sea-line, and obscuring the stars; and the ocean put on a gloomy aspect. Millions of living things, which had ascended from the caverns of the deep, or been engendered from the stagnation and heat, played in snaky antics on it surface. No sailor was now pacing the deck on his accustomed watch. The want of motion in the ship, and her powerless sails hanging in festoons amid the diminishing starlight, added to the solitary feeling which, in spite of my apathy, I experienced. I thought mys cut off from mankind for ever, and that my ship, beyond where winds ever blew, would lie and
rot upon the corrupting sea. I forgot the melancholy fate of my crew at this moment, and thought, witla comparative unconcern, that the time must soon come when the last draught of water being finished. “ I too must die.” Then, half slumbering, a thousand strange images would come before my sight; the countenance of my late mate, or some one of the crew, was frequently among them, distorted and fitted upon uncouth bodies. I felt feverish and unwell on awaking. One moment I fancied I saw a vessel pass the ship under full sail, and with a stiff breeze, and then a second, while no rufle appeared on the ocean near mine, and I hailed them in vain. Now I heard the tramp of feet upon the deck, and the whisper of voices, as of persons walking near me, whom I uselessly challenged ; this was followed by the usual obdurate silence. I felt no fear ; for nature had no visitation for mortal man more appalling than I had already encountered : and to the ultimate of evils with social man, as I have before ov
erved, I was insensible—for what weight could social ideas of good or evil have with me at such a moment:
The morning of the eleventh day of my suffering I went down into the cabin, to take some refreshment to Robson. Though at intervals in the full possession of his senses, the shortest rational conversation exhausted him ; while talking in his incoberent fits did not produce the same debilitating effect. “Where is the mate?” he wildly asked me ;—“Why am I in your cabin, captain ?-Have they flung Waring overboard yet?" I contented myself with giving him general answers, which appeared to satisfy him. I feared to tell him we were the only survivors ; for the truth, had he chanced to comprehend it in its full force, might have been fatal. On returning upon the deck, I observed that clouds were slowly forming, while the air becanje doubly oppressive and sultry. The intensity of the sun's rays was exchanged for a closer, and even more suffocating heat, that indicated an alteration of some kind in the atmosphere. Hope suddenly awoke in my bosom again: a breeze might spring up, and I might get free from my horrible captivity. I took an observation, and found that I was clear of the rocks and shoals of the Bahamas, towards which I feared a current might have insensibly borne me; all I could do, therefore, in case the wind blew, was to hang out a signal of distress, and try to keep the sea until I fell in witla some friendly vessel.
I immediately took measures for navigating the ship by myself. I fastened a rope to secure the helm in any position I might find needful, so that I might venture to leave it a few moments when occasion required. I went aloft, and cut away the topsails which I could not reef, and reduced the canvas all over the ship as much as possible, leaving only one or two of the lower sails set: for if it blew fresh, I could not have taken them in and the ship might perish ; while by doing this, I had some chance of keeping her alive.
I now anxiously watched the clouds which seemed to be in moțion, and the sight was a cordial to me, last the sea began to heave with gentle undulations; a slight ripple succeeded, and bore new life with it. I wept for joy, and then laughed as I saw it shake the sails and gradually fill them; and when at length the brig moved, just at noon on the eleventh day after our becalmment commenced, I became almost mad with delight. It was like a resurrection from the dead; it was
the beginning of a new existence with me.
LONDON AND PARISIAN FASHIONS. ny state then was in reality, it appeared a heaven to that which I had been in. The hope of deliverance It has been remarked in one of the highest quarters, aroused me to new energies. I felt hungry, and ate that “never was less extravagance and more real ele
gance displayed in the costume of the leaders of tot onough to sustain life. The chance of once more min- than at the present period.” The latest productions of gling with my fellow-men filled my imagination, and our noted houses fully bear out this eulogium. braced every fibre of my frame, almost to breaking. The style of dress now adopted certainly abstracts The ship’s motion perceptibly increased ; the ripple nothing from the reputation for taste, which our modern under her bow at length became audible ; she felt ad- modistes, and those whose business it is to place new ditional impulse, moved yet faster, and at length cut varieties of material at their disposal, have acqnired. through the water at the rate of four or five knots an An outré disposition of female costume is unquestionhoor. This was fast enough for her safety, though not ably not a predominant vice of the present style of for my impatience. I steered her large before the taste, though it may be found difficult to account for wind for some time, and then kept her as near as pos- some eccentricities—the sleeves, for instance, may still sible in the track of vessels bound for Europe certain be pointed at by the satirical, and a partial adjustment that, carrying so little sail, I must be speedily over- of a part of the skirt may furnish a jest for the malitaken by some ship that could render me assistance. cious, yet we will venture to say, that less scope than Nor was I disappointed in my expectations. After ever is given for ridicule, and the meed of approbation steering two days with a moderate breeze, during which is more fairly awarded by the fastidious than at former time I never left the helm, a large West Indiaman came periods. up with me, and gave me every necessary aid. By this The artificial waist at one time was nearly up to the means I was enabled to reach Halifax, and finally the shoulders, and at another it was lowered considerably river Mersey, about five weeks later than the time I had below its original position. On this point at the present formerly calculated for my voyage.
epoch, fashion cannot be subject to reproachful animadrersion, and we think that to have rectified this unnatu
ral apportionment of dress, was a triumph over bad THE BETROTHED
taste. (WITH A BEAUTIFULLY ENGRAVED ILLUSTRATION.)
Length and amplitude in dress which now prevails, Fair as the first that fell of womankind,
give a great degree of elegance and dignity to some When on that dread yet lovely serpent smiling,
figures, the corsage is frequently draped or crossed : Whose image then was stamp'd upon her mind
the Elizabethan form, (corsage en pointe), is still, But once beguiled--and ever more beguiling ; Dazzling, as that, oh! too transcendant vision
however, preserved, and agrees admirably with the To sorrow's phantom-peopled slumber given,
long flowing costume. The sleeves preserve their diWhen heart meets heart again in dreams Elysian,
mensions, and in a great measure their shape, but we And paints tbe lost on earth revived in heaven ;
anticipate a considerable alteration in them. Pelerines Soft, as the memory of buried love; Pure, as the prayer which childhood wafts above";
remain as they were. Dented borders are much adopted, Was she—the daughter of that sude old Chief,
sometimes with acorn-ends depending : and a silk, Who met the maid with tears—but not of grief.
satin, or other piping, as may suit the dress, very freWho hath not proved how feebly words essay
quently sets them off. Broad hems, similar to the To fix one spark of Beauty's heavenly ray!
dress, are sometimes only added. This agrees with a Who doth not feel. until his failing sight Faints into dimness with its own delight,
plain style. His changing cheek, his sinking heart confess
Trimmings, edgings, and other ornamental parts of The might—the majesty of Loveliness?
the dress, are worn much according to taste : they are, Such was Zuleika-such around her shone
however, generally made to assort with the color of The nameless charms, unmark'd by her alone ; The light of love, the purity of grace,
the dress. The mind, the music breathing from her face,
A blue poult de soie dress, embroidered in black, is
very appropriately ornamented with a siroilar shade of “ Zuleika! child of gentleness !
satin biais. How dear this very day must tell, When I forget my own distress,
Dresses of mousseline de laine should be ornamented In losing what I love so well,
with gros de Naples, not satin. To bid thee with another dwell :
Black satin mantillas are frequently lined with rose Another, and a braver man
or cherry-colored plush, and trimmed with deep black Was never seen in battle's van.
lace. And now thou know'st thy father's will;
For evening dress, the satin rayé is much adapted, All that thy sex hath need to know:
variously tinted flowers are usually strewed on a light 'Twas mine to teach obedience still
ground, as a pearl-wbite, light-grey &c. The way to love, thy lord may show."
The florentine in deep brown, with bright colored In silence bow'd the virgin's head ;
detached bouquets is admired for morning costume, And if her eye was fill'd with tears That stiftedd feeling dare not shed,
either for visiting or reception. And changed her cheek from pale to red,
The robe de chambre is studiously attended to both And red to pale, as through her ears
as to general effect and material, the latter is frequently Those winged' words like arrows sped : What could such be but maiden fears?
of the most costly description. Indian cachemere lined So bright the tear in Beauty's eye,
with silk, wadded and quilted, with large lappels of Love half regrets to kiss it dry ;
velvet or fur, is in great estimation. The sleeves are So sweet the blush of Bashfulness, Even pity scarce can wish it less !
usually of great width and opened at the wrist. A
square collar is turned over in the style of a pelerine. A point lace cap is a frequent accompaniment to this elegant negligé-iî is low, flat, backward on the head, and has a narrow lace trimming ; two bows of ribbon on each side support a trimming of broad lace placed in a fan-like shape. Cashmerienne taffety, silk, marceline, satin de laine &c. may form the materials for these morning dresses in which the ornaments, embroidery &c. may correspond to the tsate or circumstances of the wearer.
CLOAKS AND Shawls.-It at first seemed a matter of doubt whether cloaks should still bear the sway, or pelisses again be adopted. Cloaks have, however, as yet completely gained the ascendancy, and some very magnificent ones have been made within the last forinight at some of our great magazines.
A peach-coloured cachmere cloak, of very ample dimensions, was made nearly to the shape at the waist, without destroying the characteristics of a cloak ; a great width of drapery proceeded from the back all round the shoulder to the bust, and partly concealed a sleeve of pink Gabrielle satin richly embroidered, gradually becoming small at the wrist.
A cloak of Angelo silk, the new material mentioned in our list; green designs over violet-coloured ground, small velvet collar edged with deep black lace; a large silken cordeliere is passed round the waist, a moderately sized velvet hem goes round the skirt.
Merino is made up in cloaks to a very great extent, and the beautiful fabrics and designs that have been lately introduced in this material, affords the most stylish as well as the plainest dressers an opportunity to suit themselves.
Collars may frequently be observed very scanty at present, though it is questionable if this formation will continue, giving to some figures a mean appearance ; it may, however, be advantageously adopted by petite and round figures.
Now that one side only of the shawl is displayed, the full French designs are much admired, and the medallion patterns have the preference.
To carriage costume we frequently see poult de soie shawls, and sometimes black satin edged with lace.
HATS AND CAPS. --The size of hats is still increased : the brims do not fall much over the front of the face, though they descend considerably lower on the side.
In the selection of lining, great care must be taken to have it agreeable to the complexion ; as, from the face being in a great measure surrounded by the front, a very marked effect may be produced ; the variety of colours now permitted, render it easy to assort the lining to the complexion : the new Paris colour the blanc-roux is well adapted to general use, as there are very few complexions that it does not become.
Blonds, ribbons, bunches of hair, &c. are required with these shapes, if ribbon næuds are intermixed with the hair, it is more distingué to have them of one shade. In dress
there is an alteration which very generally prevails, the crown, instead of being worn high is now rather depressed. This, however, must be suited to the wearer, for the difference produced by this in the general effect is considerable.
The satin ribbons, with imitations of gothic or blond lace on the border, are now much in vogue, and it may be anticipated will be still more so.
Half veils for winter hats are discountenanced by the ton.
The drawn hats will be, after a while, not so prevalent, those which are worn now come low down the face, as previously described ; such is the general form, though from the very liberal one of fashion at the present period, the expression, form, and figure of the individual, are studied in the choice of make.
For the theatre, we have seen some very elegant hats, in worked satin, spangled velvet, rose-coloured gros, parted round fronts, which were situated much from the face, predominated; some were ornamented with a couple of large feathers, also with rose or other light and delicate shades, sometimes a few small feathers are inserted in small bouquets. These styles are equally modish, but should be adapted according the person. The long plumes are suitable to the tall commmanding figures, and vice versa.
We sometimes see a velvet lining to a satin hatma prelude to the adaption of velvet bats—these are large in shape for the promenade or the carriage--for dress, small round fronts much elevated and turned behind.
MATERIALS AND COLOURS.-The new winter materials have at length made their appearance, and we shall proceed to give a complete catalogue of all that are worthy of notice, and likely to be adopted among our élégantes. We are furnished, through the inventive genius and diligence of the Parisians, with a vast number of new fabrics, some of them characterised by great taste, as well as exceedingly applicable to the varieties of the season, The new designs are varied almost to infinity, and calculated to please the must fastidious and refiued, as well as the most ordinary taste. The light, the fanciful, bizarre, the rich or gorgeous-styles of a recent or ancient date-are seen in our first-rate houses in captivating profusion. The colours, most of which have considerable depth and intensity, are, when varied to lighter shades, generally derived from originally dark tints. The cinnamon and fawn, for instance, from modifications of the brown, and a kind of neutral tint, from a mixture of black and grey, marone, myrtle-green, hayti-blue, brown, and all its shades.
Satins, velvets, silks of a heavy and rich manufacture, and extreme pliability, predominate. Cachmeres and merinos are also extremely splendid and in
The Gabrielle satin has a ground of any deep color with colored fowers, not to contrast violently, worked over it.
Milan satin of a peculiarly fine texture and surface ; patterns of foliage,
The Valerian satin, ground fawn-colored, with lilac sprigs.
The above in a white ground with detached lilacflowers, forms a beautiful bridal costume.
The Thirla satin worked in imitation of the usual style of embroidery on satin foundation,
The Medici velvet (for full dress) spangled and ornamented with the same material, in plain black.
The Isabeau reps, (for full dress) the designs running in a different grain but of the same shade.
The Trianon reps (for full dress) colored ground in which are embroidered satin sprigs. A white embroidery undulating on a lemon-colored ground, has a very beautiful effect.